My eye sight is something I’ve always taken for granted. When I was ten, it was discovered that I needed glasses. By the time I was 16 years old, contacts were available and how I enjoyed those! Even though my eyesight was not 20/20, I never gave much thought anything but the inconvenience of corrective eye wear.
Several years ago, one of my grand parents was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration. The sadness that grandparent experienced over slowly loosing her eyesight remains with me. There was a loss of independence, and especially, the loss of being able to pick up a book, or her Bible, and simply read. This was the first time that I considered the gift of eyesight, and that it might be lost. And for the next couple of years, a certain kind of anxious feeling came over me each year at the annual eye exam appointments.
Life is full, hard and good, and I often have ideas and thoughts that get pushed to the back of my mind. Questions I should ask are forgotten. But this month, I received an invitation to participate in learning more about the Foundation for Fighting Blindness, and sharing some information with my readers. Click here for a free educational packet on AMD, Age-related macular degeneration.
The exciting news is that research is being done on this disease, and on saving eyesight. Now, with treatment, AMD is being slowed down, or stopped, and in some cases, even reversed. My grandparents did not have this gift, but I am so very excited to share the news that many others, including my generation, may benefit from the raised awareness and the treatments.
Getting older happens to everyone. How we live now, greatly impacts how we age, but there are somethings that happen as part of the aging process. It is a tremendous gift that many people support and perform research, such as the Foundation for Fighting Blindness and so many others.
I hope that this post is encouraging, and maybe gives someone that piece of information that helps to piece together an eye health puzzle.
This post is sponsored by FrontGate media, but the story told is my own.